Was born into slavery and rose to become a leading African American intellectual of the 19 century, founding Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (Now Tuskegee University) in 1881 and the National Negro Business League two decades later. His most successful literary endeavor was writing his autobiography Up From Slavery. This book benefited from the national recognition that came from his "Atlanta Compromise" speech in 1895.
Oil Pastel on Paper 18 W x 24 H C. 2020
This drawings is part of my BLM series honoring the great black artist who have contributed so greatly to our culture.